The Latest News & Views

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

  • Work to begin restoring the Elwha River in Olympic National Park is gearing up. Beginning August 1, public access into the Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road will close just south of the Altair Campground.

    Park officials say a gate has been installed and will be locked on August 1 to allow
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  • A popular swimming hole in Capitol Reef National Park has been closed for the rest of the summer due to torrential runoff that has created extremely dangerous conditions for swimmers.

    Fremont Falls, located about six miles east of the park's visitor center on Highway 24, has witnessed three-near fatalities already this summer, according to park officials.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

  • Technology (sadly, perhaps) means you no longer need to climb Mount Rainier to get a good view from near the roof of Mount Rainier National Park.

    The other day they flipped the switch in the park and a webcam came to life at Camp Muir on the mountain's flanks.

  • A sizable marijuana farming operation has been found in Santa Monica National Recreation Area, one that has yielded more than 3,500 pot plants, according to NRA officials.

    The operation was found in late June, and rangers and assisting agencies have been working the past two weeks to remove debris and marijuana plants from the site and rehabilitate it to natur

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

  • Editor's note: This update identifies the missing individuals and provides additional details on how they entered the river.

    Yosemite National Park officials were presuming Wednesday that three visitors who were swept over Vernal Fall were killed in the incident, though a search continued for their remain